Niagara Gazette


October 22, 2012

HIGGS: Three Cheers for the NACC


Niagara Gazette — That is not all. I am a member of the board of directors of this unique organization and at our recent meeting I was amazed to receive a draft of events for 2013. While not in final form, it included the popular Art of Beer, a Quilt and Fabric Festival, the annual Easter Egg Hunt held on the spacious front lawn, a Native America Bird Concert, three possible dinner theatre presentations, and the popular JAZZ and Ontario House Reunion presented each August. This is in addition to the six exhibits in the main gallery mentioned above.

And, that is still not all! In conjunction with the Erwin Johnson Memorial Fund’s “Opera Day (Oct. 18) and Opera Week (Oct. 26 through Nov. 4) in Buffalo/Niagara, a free, Hillman Opera’s Opera Informance on Opera Day (Oct. 28) will be held at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center at 4 p.m. following the performance in Buffalo at 2 p.m. at Westminster. The NACC performance will feature cast members singing excerpts from two operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, directed and narrated by Professor Julie Newell, SUNY Fredonia. Attendees can meet the cast at the Opera Poster Exhibition and reception following the performance. The NACC portion is sponsored by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission as the entire Opera Week timeframe is a bi-national effort with performances in Niagara Falls, Ont., and Toronto. Other events will take place in Orchard Park, East Aurora, and Rochester. Check out the website

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster will read proclamations from Erie County and Niagara Falls respectively on Opera Day opening ceremonies. Portions of this week are funded by Opera Volunteers International.

There is still so much more! Students of the former Niagara Falls High School will remember the 900 seat auditorium where our graduation ceremonies took place. Our large class of 1957 was split into two nights alphabetically to accommodate friends and families. It is now the home of the Grand Theater and has been the topic of many of our monthly meetings as serious plans for restoration and renovation are in the works. If only we had the funding! It is used minimally by outside groups for events such as dance competitions, stage productions, rehearsals and the like.

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